Runners fall, give us yet another uplifting moment of the Olympics

17 August, 2016, 00:55 | Author: Brittany Bishop

In a women's 5000m heat this morning, New Zealand's Nikki Hamblin stumbled and fell to the track, and American Abbey D'Agostino tripped over her. Hamblin was on the ground trying to come to terms with the end of her Olympics, when D'Agostino hauled her to her feet. I am so impressed and inspired I had never met her, isn't that so incredible? Then Hamblin helped D'Agostino as well.

D'Agostino was taken off the track for treatment, but Hamblin lingered and spoke to reporters afterward to praise D'Agostino's kindness.

Hamblin, 28, competing in the women's 5000m heats, tripped on the inside curb of the track with four laps to go, bringing her U.S. competitor Abbey D'Agostino down to the ground with her.

"I am so grateful to Abbey for doing that for me", Hamblin said. Hamblin said. "And as disappointing as this experience was, there is so much more to this than a medal or winning".

Hamblin was quoted assaying: "That girl is the Olympic spirit right there". After the fall, D'Agostino waited to make sure Hamblin was ok and both finished the race. Such an wonderful woman.

D'Agotino was a seven-time NCAA champion while at Dartmouth College and holds a 5,000-meter PR of 15:03.85. This time, Hamblin helped her up. Hamblin did what she could, hanging back with D'Agostino for a little while to return the favor and offer encouragement. When she was like, 'Go on, go on, my leg's not working, ' I thought she wouldn't be able to finish. "She helped me first, I tried to help her".

In an Olympics that has seen a few unsavory incidents - the Egyptian judoka who refused to shake hands with his Israeli opponent, the booing of a French pole vaulter by the Brazilian crowd - Hamblin and D'Agostino provided a memory that captured the Olympic spirit. "I didn't even realise she was still running".

"I'm never going to forget that moment".


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